Six days after Katie Couric’s much-ballyhooed interview with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o about his love affair with fake girlfriend Lennay Kekua, Disney’s TV syndication division rewarded Couric with a formal second-season pick-up on her new daytime talk show.
This news didn’t surprise Couric nearly as much as the Lennay’s phone call from the dead did Te’o, given that Couric’s show already had a two-year deal with ABC-owned TV stations around the country.
That said, it’s worth noting “Katie” is the top-rated new syndicated talk show among viewers of all ages and in the key 25-54 chick demographic group so important to daytime TV. And that the Jan. 24 interview with Te’o and his parents scored 30 percent bigger ratings than the show’s prior 4-week average.
Sadly, “Katie’s” original exec producer, Jeff Zucker has departed to go shake things up at CNN, and Michael Morrison joined late last month.
And, in other Te’o news: Roniah Tuiasosopo, the guy behind Fake Lennay Kekua, will bare all to Oprah protege Dr. Phil on his daytime talker, Thursday and Friday. He’s going to say his was the voice talking to Te’o all those hours on the phone when Te’o thought he was talking to a woman, and that he was deeply, romantically in love with the football star.